1. With all the abun­dance of choice…
  2. Read the care instruc­tions
  3. Hand­made: wash­ing a blan­ket in the bath­room
  4. Gen­tle than gen­tle: how should del­i­cate things be washed?

With all the abundance of choice…

Wash­ing a blan­ket by hand is not an easy task, although it seems that this does not require any spe­cial skills and knowl­edge. How­ev­er, the larg­er the thing and the more com­plex its tex­ture, the more efforts will have to be made to return it to its for­mer soft­ness and puri­ty. Even a blan­ket of mut­ed, dark shades will soon­er or lat­er have to be sent to the bath­room. How to prop­er­ly care for large rugs and what should you pay spe­cial atten­tion to?

But first, it is worth con­sid­er­ing alter­na­tive options:

  • Dry clean­ing. This method, con­trary to com­mon mis­con­cep­tion, is not only for the busy and lazy. You have to give things to dry clean­ing if the pol­lu­tion is sim­ply impos­si­ble to remove at home. But it should be remem­bered that expo­sure to chem­i­cals can both give things a sec­ond life and hope­less­ly ruin them. More­over, this plea­sure is not cheap.
  • Machine wash. A great way to tidy up small blan­kets and bed­spreads. The prod­uct itself must be placed in the drum of the wash­ing machine, and this is far from always pos­si­ble. This means that the thing will have to be washed by hand.
  • Man­u­al “dry” clean­ing. A kind of half-mea­sure that allows you to refresh the appear­ance of the prod­uct, but does not get rid of seri­ous dirt that pen­e­trates the struc­ture of the blan­ket.

If none of the options is suit­able, it remains only to wash your favorite blan­ket by hand in a reg­u­lar bath­room.

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Read the care instructions

Before pro­ceed­ing with the process, we advise you to care­ful­ly study the infor­ma­tion on the label. How to wash blan­kets? The label indi­cates the water tem­per­a­ture for effec­tive wash­ing, as well as the accept­able meth­ods of wash­ing and dry­ing the prod­uct. What to do if the label is not pre­served or has fad­ed from time to time, erase, as intu­ition tells? It is best to sim­ply use the most gen­tle method and mild deter­gent that will not harm even del­i­cate things. So…

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Handmade: washing a blanket in the bathroom

  1. Before wash­ing the blan­ket, it should be cleaned of large specks. Any large blan­ket should be shak­en off before­hand.
  2. In the pres­ence of strong local con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, stains should be treat­ed with a solu­tion of laun­dry soap or oth­er soak­ing agent.
  3. After wait­ing a lit­tle time (from 20 min­utes to an hour), the blan­ket should be soaked in a bath of warm water. The water tem­per­a­ture depends on the com­po­si­tion of the mate­r­i­al — for woolen, linen, cot­ton and fleece blan­kets, the water tem­per­a­ture should not exceed 35 — 40 degrees. Microfiber mod­els can be washed both in cool water and in warm water, but not hot­ter than 60 degrees Cel­sius.
  4. How should I wash the blan­ket — pow­der or liq­uid? Any deter­gent is best pre-dilut­ed in water. So on the sur­face of the plaid there will be no traces of pow­der.
  5. Active hand wash­ing implies a mechan­i­cal effect on the blan­ket. Here you should be more care­ful: do not twist or shove the thing. We wash the blan­ket, gen­tly knead­ing it with our hands and squeez­ing the trace on the sur­face of the bath.
  6. After that, the blan­ket should be put on a wire rack and let the soapy water drain, and then rinse the prod­uct sev­er­al times, chang­ing the water as it gets dirty.
  7. Before pro­ceed­ing to the hor­i­zon­tal dry­ing of the blan­ket at nat­ur­al room tem­per­a­ture, it is nec­es­sary to get rid of excess mois­ture, which should drain nat­u­ral­ly.
  8. It is best to dry the blan­ket on a floor or table cov­ered with a clean cloth, care­ful­ly straight­en­ing the edges and cor­ners of the prod­uct.

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Gentle than gentle: how should delicate things be washed?

Sep­a­rate­ly, it is worth talk­ing about how to wash blan­kets made of del­i­cate mate­ri­als, such as cash­mere or pash­mi­na. Del­i­cate things require spe­cial care and such blan­kets should be washed exclu­sive­ly by hand and only with spe­cial prod­ucts or mild sham­poo with manda­to­ry treat­ment with con­di­tion­er or balm after the main wash. It is nec­es­sary to care­ful­ly observe the tem­per­a­ture regime, oth­er­wise the prod­uct will sit down, stretch or fall off, you will have to buy a new blan­ket. Any spin is strict­ly con­traindi­cat­ed here, as well as ver­ti­cal dry­ing or dry­ing in the open sun. If you fol­low these rec­om­men­da­tions, then wash­ing the blan­ket with your hands will be much eas­i­er.

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